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Drawing Pencil Sketches Newsletter, March 2012
March 01, 2012

Drawing Pencil Sketches
Newsletter March 2012

Welcome Fellow Artists to this merry month of March.

I do hope you have been practicing your drawing skills daily since the last newsletter? There's no secret formula, no magic bullet to being a great artist. Of course it does take a little discipline, your time with a touch of passion from you. Passion for drawing is top of the list because if you have it, discipline and time mean little.

Several times this past month I've had requests by emerging artists to give them some idea of where to get inspiration from. The online dictionary definition of "inspiration" is "Something inspired as an idea." This is not a very good definition and tells you really nothing. A theology definition is a little closer with "A divine influence which is immediately exerted upon the mind or soul." What does that tell you? Not much really.

Let's see if we can nail this down a little. You could summon your muse and spend time discussing aspects of creativity and she would probably ask you what ideas you have for your next drawing or painting. You'd probably say "I dunno, I need your help." She would retort "Okay, lets do some brainstorming, tell me where did all your inspiration come from before?" Your answers would be wide and varied giving her few clues. A muse is not the best bet!

Okay, let's cut to the chase here: You can get an unlimited amount of ideas from the old masters and their great works of art. This will require an in-depth study of their drawings and paintings. Sure, this takes much of your time and honestly, you will not regret it.

In the meantime, what would give you a kick-start on some creative ideas? You could doodle for an hour or so, turn the doodle upside down and study some of the shapes you have drawn. Any shape there look like and animal, a monster, a face, you see anything there? Okay, turn it 90 degrees, anything you see now? Nothing? That idea is no good then.

Try this: get a bunch of leaves of any size, dip them into your poster paint which is in a saucer just waiting for you to splurge on a white sheet of drawing paper. Print with your leaves in a random fashion, no fixed ideas as to what it should look like. You could make your own cut-outs of any shape and print will notice your ideas will stimulate other ideas and gradually you will be delighted with your creativity!

Inspiration can come from anywhere, from the music you listen to, the magazines or books you read, studying art and artists, sunlight casting shadows across your floor, and from that special talent you have, all of us have it.

Thank you for reading, Jon

PS: Have fun drawing, I'd love to see your work showcased here. Please do write if you have any comments or questions and upload your drawings.

PPS: Don't forget to let me know if you would like the free book on "Drawing for Beginners" a useful guide if you would like the basics on drawing.

PPS: Please check your email address for typos...too many bounce and you won't get your free ebook.

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